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urrutiap 07-06-19 08:05 PM

The Left Behind series. Anyone read the books?
 
Anyone still like the Left Behind books or at least just the first book due to the idea of people leaving to go to Heaven?

The first book is still great but the last book was a letdown.

Basically if you want to live forever on Earth you have to go to church and go to places to spread the teachings of God etc or else you end up in Hell's river of fire.


mndtrp 07-07-19 11:11 AM

Re: The Left Behind series. Anyone read the books?
 
I think I read all of them. The first few were pretty good, but the last several were low on story and high on preaching. I don't have any intention on revisiting any of them, and would only give the first book a mild recommendation.

Trevor 07-07-19 12:37 PM

Re: The Left Behind series. Anyone read the books?
 
I actually enjoyed the first 4 or 5, then left the series behind.

Josh-da-man 07-07-19 04:56 PM

Re: The Left Behind series. Anyone read the books?
 
Has anyone else noticed that the whole "rapture" business has really fallen out of favor in religious circles?

I can remember it being a big concern for a while -- rapture and tribulation and people disappearing into thin air -- and then it just fizzled.

I can remember the 80s when I first heard of the concept of a "rapture" and people were convinced that it was going to happen at any moment. It sort of reached a peak with the "Left Behind" books, and then it just sort of went away. Don't know if it's because the books ended, it was tied to the "millennium," or there was a shift in politics in the 21st century.

Trevor 07-07-19 06:39 PM

Re: The Left Behind series. Anyone read the books?
 
It comes in phases. There was a ton of rapture/end times talk in the mid 70s for example.

urrutiap 07-07-19 07:13 PM

Re: The Left Behind series. Anyone read the books?
 
The last two books kind of make you feel bad.

they're basically telling you to go to church and go to places and people to spread the words and wisdom of God and the bible so you can be immortal on Earth or else youll be tortured and burn forever in Hell and at the lake of fire area

kd5 07-08-19 06:01 AM

Re: The Left Behind series. Anyone read the books?
 
I agree with mndtrp, the first few were pretty good, a compelling story about people disappearing all over the world, the emergence of the antichrist, the slow descent into madness, but then it starts to turn all preachy and lost some of its appeal to me. I'm glad I read the whole story, but I'll likely not read it again.

Shannon Nutt 07-09-19 06:16 AM

Re: The Left Behind series. Anyone read the books?
 
Just go to the source and read a good translation of Revelation. Less money, better story. ;)

Trevor 07-09-19 08:29 AM

Re: The Left Behind series. Anyone read the books?
 

Originally Posted by Shannon Nutt (Post 13575682)
Just go to the source and read a good translation of Revelation. Less money, better story. ;)

Except that everything in Revelation already happened. (If one subscribes to full preterism.)

greensmoke 09-01-19 09:38 PM

Re: The Left Behind series. Anyone read the books?
 

Originally Posted by urrutiap (Post 13574765)
else you end up in Hell's river of fire.

In a river of fire, huh?

Does it hurt?

MysterioMan007 09-02-19 06:43 PM

Re: The Left Behind series. Anyone read the books?
 
I've read them all, including the Kids series and the incomplete Political and Military spinoffs that were cancelled mid-story. I have a very mixed opinion of them. I loved the overall story about the end times. It was fascinating to see a war between good and evil built up so gradually and try to guess which side people were going to take. The first novel, especially, was a lot of fun. But, at some point, it became a soap box for prophesying and telling people they were going to hell if they didn't adopt the author's belief system, which kind of alienates your own audience.

I hated the bible lessons inserted into the story in a less-than-subtle way. It got really bad in later books to the point where I was skipping pages of stuff because it was regurgitated from the bible or earlier books. Believe it or not, I'm actually a Christian, but I don't share many of the beliefs in this story, at least not in the way they were presented. That's not a problem for me, as it's fiction. But, after a while, it felt like I was being beat over the head and told this was the only way.

I felt that the author is probably a decent human being in real life, but I also felt like this was a weakness for him in this particular series. He didn't know how to write the end times and make it seem bleak. Some of these people were "bad" for like 5 minutes before they "saw the light" and then all became a "good person", hard to distinguish from the others as they suddenly were instantly changed into a church-going, do-no-wrong righteous "pod person" who won't sin at all now that they've seen light. I wish it worked that way, but it doesn't. There wasn't much "edge" to the story, despite it being about the apocalypse. Sure, there were world events causing chaos all around, but once people were "converted", they never struggled with much of anything. To me, it felt like Jerry Jenkins and Tim Lahaye were afraid to push the envelope. In my mind, this should have been more like Star Wars on Earth or The Stand. It should have had people struggling with issues as we always do in life. But, once they converted, they were "cured" of all desire to sin. It wasn't realistic in that sense. Still, the framework surrounding the book of Revelation was fascinating enough for me to power through some of the weaker entries.


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